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Boston Red Sox's Jackie Bradley Jr. gets back to first safely on a pickoff attempt to Houston Astros first baseman Nick Tanielu during a spring training baseball game, Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Boo Who? Astros already paying price , Red Sox await fate

Mar. 5, 2020 7:17 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — By recent standards, the heckling the Houston Astros heard at JetBlue Park was rather tame. Some boos during pregame introductions, a chant of "cheaters!" in the ninth inning. Maybe that's because Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and rest of their All-Stars were missing from the lineup...

Cole allows back-to-back homers twice to Demeritte, Cabrera

Mar. 5, 2020 3:32 PM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Gerrit Cole gave up homers on consecutive pitches to Detroit's Travis Demeritte and Miguel Cabrera in the first inning on Thursday. Then Demeritte and Cabrera went deep against the New York Yankees ace on back-to-back pitches in the second. "Probably pleased with most of the pitches,...

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge runs on the field during a spring training baseball workout Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Yankees star Judge to have more tests on shoulder Monday

Mar. 1, 2020 4:02 PM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees star Aaron Judge is scheduled to have additional tests Monday as the team tries to pinpoint the cause of soreness in his right shoulder. Judge underwent an MRI Saturday, which was negative. The right fielder has been receiving treatment at Steinbrenner Field in...

Altuve booed, nicked by pitch in spring debut for Astros

Feb. 25, 2020 3:06 AM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — José Altuve insisted he tuned out the hecklers. He couldn't avoid a pitch that grazed him. “He was hit in the foot. That ain’t nothing, you know what I mean?” Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker said Monday after an 11-1 win over Detroit at half-empty Joker...

Houston Astros' Jose Altuve runs to first base after getting hit with a pitch during the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Lakeland, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Altuve nicked by pitch, Astros stars booed on road vs Tigers

Feb. 24, 2020 8:38 PM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — José Altuve insisted he tuned out the hecklers. He couldn't avoid a pitch that grazed him. “He was hit in the foot. That ain’t nothing, you know what I mean?” Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker said Monday after an 11-1 win over Detroit at half-empty Joker...

FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2020, file photo, Detroit Tigers' Spencer Turnbull takes part in a drill during a spring training baseball workout in Lakeland, Fla. Christin Stewart homered in the top of the 10th inning to lift Detroit to a win in its season opener last year. A few days later, Spencer Turnbull took the mound for the Tigers as the starting pitcher for their first home game. Those are moments each player can look back on with pride, but both enter 2020 with a lot still to prove. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Stewart, Turnbull facing crucial 2020 season for Tigers

Feb. 18, 2020 4:15 PM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Christin Stewart homered in the top of the 10th inning to lift Detroit to a win in its season opener last year. A few days later, Spencer Turnbull took the mound for the Tigers as the starting pitcher for their first home game. Those are moments each player can look back on with...

FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2019, file photo ,Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run off of Chicago White Sox's Reynaldo Lopez during the first inning in the first baseball game of a doubleheader in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski, File)

Tigers' Cabrera arrives with something to prove

Feb. 17, 2020 4:05 PM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Miguel Cabrera acknowledged Monday that he has something to prove after a disappointing season. But the Detroit Tigers slugger is definitely done tinkering with his swing. "I don't want to change my swing anymore," Cabrera said before the Tigers' first full-squad workout of the...

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2019, file photo, New York Yankees center fielder Cameron Maybin smiles as he heads to the field during the ninth inning of the first game of a baseball doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers, in Detroit. Maybin is back with the Detroit Tigers again. The Tigers announced that they have agreed to terms with the 32-year-old outfielder on a major league contract. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson, File)

Maybin notices changes as he starts third tour with Tigers

Feb. 16, 2020 6:09 PM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Cameron Maybin is starting his third stint with the Detroit Tigers. This one feels a bit different. “The first two times around, there were a lot of familiar faces," the veteran outfielder said Sunday. "Not that many now.” Maybin began his big league career with Detroit...

Mating snakes prompt closure of part of Florida park

Feb. 15, 2020 1:47 PM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida city shut down a section of a lake Thursday after receiving reports of swarming snakes. Turns out, the slithery creatures were just celebrating Valentine's Day a little early. The Lakeland Parks & Recreation department wrote on its Facebook page that a group of...

Fulmer making progress in return from Tommy John surgery

Feb. 14, 2020 5:53 PM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — At this time last year, Michael Fulmer was hoping for a healthier 2019. Instead, his injury woes went from bad to worse. Fulmer needed Tommy John surgery and did not pitch at all last season, another setback for the right-hander who won AL Rookie of the Year honors for Detroit in 2016...